From Spiderman to the Hulk, numerous superhero origin stories tell of a character’s interaction with an unknown element that effects a radical transformation. This change often leads to heightened senses, enhanced abilities, and the sense of a greater mission that transcends our individual selves. Although this path is a familiar trope in the realm of “fantasy,” it exists in the real world as well. It is a profound yet simple notion: each of us can be a superhero.
Like the spider that bit Peter Parker, we can tap into a real life element called mindfulness to have better concentration, self-awareness, and impulse control. Mindfulness has also been scientifically proven to help us feel calm and increase empathy for others.
Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1957 comic book The Montgomery Story, which informed and influenced a civil rights movement, the animated film The 5 Powers tells the story of three inspiring individuals who used the power of mindfulness for peace during the turbulent Vietnam War. We learn about our main character’s journey towards mastery of the five powers through the experiences of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, Sister Chan Khong, and their friends Alfred Hassler and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Please join CCARE, The Stanford Storytelling Project, and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s international community of monks and nuns for a special screening and discussion of The 5 Powers on Friday, October 9 at 6:30pm at Stanford University’s Cubberley Auditorium. Learn how to access the power of mindfulness to effect change within oneself and the world.
Friday, October 9, 2015
Stanford University Cubberley Auditorium
Event begins at 6:30PM
Doors open to ticket holders at 6:00PM
Stanford Faculty/Staff: $15 (limit two per ID)
Stanford Students: 1 complimentary ticket available per student through 10/1/15, while supplies last. (student ID card is required for entry with ticket – no exceptions can be permitted)
Other Students (non-Stanford): 1 complimentary available per student through 10/1/15, while supplies last. (student ID card is required for entry with ticket – no exceptions can be permitted)
Tickets can be purchased online through the Stanford Ticket Office
Cubberley Auditorium is located just off the Main Quad, in the School of Education, next to the clock tower at the intersection of Escondido Mall and Lasuen Mall.
Parking is generally free on campus after 4pm; however, please read signs carefully to avoid citation. Park either on the main Oval, or the Memorial Lot just north of the Memorial Hall on Memorial Way, or South of the campus union at Mayfield Ave.
Stanford, CA 94305